COVID-19 INFORMATION AND PROTOCOLS 

The start of the 2020/2021 Season is a unique one, but we know that our CW family will work together to make it a success. Water Polo Canada, Ontario Water Polo, Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa Pools have put in place safety measures that allow us to resume activities in the safest manner possible. Please check this page often as it will be updated as required. Changes will be highlighted in red.

**Please note that due to the serious nature of Covid-19, Coaches reserve the right to remove any athlete who refuses to adhere to these policies and procedures.**

SCHEDULE

All schedule changes or cancellations will be found on the club calendar. Restrictions and updates happen daily, so please make sure to check it regularly. If there are any immediate cancellations, those families will be informed ASAP via email, but know that our calendar is the most up to date tool we use. Click here to view it.

MANDATORY SELF-ASSESSMENT

Prior to each practice, parents and athletes MUST complete the following health assessment TOGETHER and no earlier than 24 HOURS prior to their practice. Please save a copy of the assessment as a screenshot or pdf for your records. Each copy must be saved for 3 weeks for tracking purposes by OPH and Capital Wave should it be needed.

Should the self-assessment results indicate that the participant should self-isolate and/or be tested for COVID-19, the following must occur:

ATHLETE MUST STAY HOME.
Notification of the self-assessment results sent to covid@capitalwave.ca
Follow the directions of Ottawa Public Health.

In the event that an athlete or staff member test positive for Covid-19, the following must occur:

ATHLETE MUST STAY HOME.
The individual must notify the club at covid@capitalwave.ca
The club will notify the Pool Supervisor of the facility the individual trained at.
The team will be notified and will follow directions of health officials as to next steps.
The individual will require proof of medical clearance prior to returning to the team or any club events.

CLICK TO DO SELF ASSESSMENT

MANDATORY WAIVERS

All athletes must have the proper waivers filled out upon registration and before their first practice. Please click here to find the necessary Waivers documents.

ATHLETE’S MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

Athletes are expected to bring their own equipment this year with the exceptions of water polo nets. Each athlete will use their own set of goggles, balls, and fins (only applies to certain groups). Athletes cannot share equipment (except balls for passing while in the water). It is expected that all athlete equipment will be brought home and thoroughly cleaned after each practice (balls, goggles, fins, and water bottles). For each practice, each athlete must bring the following 5 things or coaches will have the option of sitting the athletes out:

Face MASK (on at all times unless instructed by the coaches to remove)
Their own water polo BALL
Changed in their BATHING SUITS
GOGGLES
Filled water BOTTLE

To purchase club masks, suits, and water polo balls, please click here.

GENERAL POOL PROCEDURES

TOP 15 RULES TO FOLLOW

1. Arrive 15 minutes prior to start of practice and line up at designated doors (3 meters apart).
2. Parents cannot enter the facility and should not crowd the pool entrance (this includes close parking spaces for coaches).
3. Athletes must maintain physical distancing rules at all times.
4. Coaches will explain to the athletes the proper procedures to enter and exit the facility on the first day.
5. Athletes should shower at home prior to practice and upon returning home.
6. Athletes should arrive with their training suits on as change-rooms are not available upon arrival (only after their practice is over).
7. Lockers, hairdryers (wall mounted or personal), and showers are NOT to be used.
8. Masks are to be worn at all times except when lining up to enter the water and in the water.
9. Upon practice arrival, coaches will ask for verbal confirmation of the completion of the health self-assessment and ask if they are healthy. Athletes should only be showing up to practice if they are cleared by the self-assessment online form.
10. Athletes must sanitize their hands at the hand-sanitizer stations upon entering facility.
11. Belongings must be placed on deck at their designated zone (instructed by the coaches), identified by the pool supervisor. NOTE – in case of inclement weather at outdoor pools, athletes should be prepared to place belongings in a large plastic bag to keep contents dry. During winter, athletes will be required to put outdoor shoes on either bins provided by the facility (such as Sawmill Creek and BMRC) or shelves (such as Brewer Pool)
12. Parents must follow physical distancing guidelines outside of the facility while waiting for their athletes
13. There is absolutely no horsing around at any time, in or out of the water. Athletes will be asked to leave the pool if they do not follow the rules and can be subject to expulsion.
14. If parents leave during practice, they are asked to be on time for pick up as we are not allowed to “hang around” after our allotted time. This is so that other groups can get into the pool for their time. After the athletes exit the facility doors at the end of practice time, the athletes are no longer the responsibility of the coaches
15. After practice, athletes will be able to change quickly in the changing room and showers should be taken at home to reduce time in the changing room. Please respect the 10 minutes that the coaches are allowing athletes to change.

#1 Arriving to Brewer Pool:

  • After entering the facility, club coaches and athletes will head up to the viewing gallery to the designated zone to drop off their belongings and bags.
  • Once the practice is completed, athletes will make their way up to the viewing gallery, grab their bags (outdoors shoes are to be left in viewing gallery) and walk back down the set of stairs to enter the appropriate changeroom.
  • Athletes are to only put their belongings on the benches in the changerooms on the blue checkmarks
  • Athletes will have 15mins max to shower and change and exit the facility
  • When they are done in the changeroom, athletes will make their way back up to their spot, grab all outdoor clothing and proceed to exit the facility
  • The new entrance AND exit to Brewer Pool faces Sloan Avenue and can be accessed by the following two options:
    • Intersection of Bronson & Sunnyside
      • Turn right onto Sloan Avenue
    • Intersection of Bronson & Brewer Way
      • Turn left at the stop sign, and right around the bend to access Sloan Avenue
  • The following roads are closed with barricades set up blocking all traffic flow and parking: Hopewell, Glen and Grove (west of Seneca). Only local traffic is allowed on these roads—please ensure you are not accessing these roads
  • While parking is permitted on the east side of Sloan, we ask that you do not park there to allow for a clear pick up and drop off zone. Please do not hang around to chat as there will be other groups needing the space to drop off. Please allow our coaches to have room to park as well
  • NO parking is permitted on the neighbouring streets and those residents are closely monitoring the situation as the Covid-19 testing site has set everyone in that area on edge. NO parking is permitted in the Covid-19 testing site parking (the original pool/arena parking lot). NO parking is permitted at the former Westboro Academy
  • Other parking options include: parking at Carleton University (free for Fall 2020) or the South Brewer Park parking lot near the Rideau River
  • The Green arrow in the diagram below points at the “new entrance”

#2 Arriving to Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex Pool:

  • Athletes and coaches will meet outside the roundabout entrance as shown on the map 15 minutes before the scheduled practice. Everyone will sign in and enter together 10 minutes before practice.
  • Parents are allowed to park in the parking lot if they choose to
  • After entering the facility, club coaches and athletes will sign in and head downstairs to the main pool lobby while they wait for the lifeguards to let them in. Athletes must respect the 2 meter circles and stay put. No bouncing the ball around or horsing around will be tolerated. Once allowed in, athletes will place their belongings in a bin provided by the pool.
  • Once the practice is completed, athletes will be assigned to the changing rooms and they can quickly change and exit the facility the same way they came in.

#3 Arriving to Sawmill Creek Pool:

  • The pool door will be opened by a lifeguard 10 minutes before our booking and our group will be admitted together at the same time. Coaches ask athletes to arrive at the pool 15 mins before the practice starts and can wait in their cars if needed. We will then enter all at once.
  • During winter athletes will each take a blue bin to put their outdoor shoes (boots or no boots)
  • Parents are allowed to park in the parking lot if they choose to
  • After entering the facility, club coaches and athletes will go through the family changing room and place their belongings under a green check mark and wait for instructions.
  • Once the practice is completed, athletes will be head into their respective changing rooms where they can quickly change and exit the facility the same way they came in.

#4 Arriving to Splash Wave Pool:

  • Athletes and coaches will meet outside the main entrance as shown on the map 15 minutes before the scheduled practice. Everyone will sign in and enter together 10 minutes before practice.
  • Parents are allowed to park in the parking lot if they choose to
  • After entering the facility, club coaches and athletes will enter through the main lobby and enter right into the pool deck where they will place their belongings 2 meter apart from everyone.
  • Once the practice is completed, athletes will go into their respective changing rooms and they can quickly change and exit the facility through the exit door.

#5 Arriving to the Nepean Sportsplex Pool:

  • Athletes are asked to line up and wait for coaches to enter together.
  • Parents are allowed to park in the parking lot if they choose to
  • Again, no parents can enter the facility
  • After entering the facility, club coaches and athletes will head up through the main lobby and enter through the main doors. They will place their belongings in their designated mapped zone and place it on the green check marks.
  • Once the practice is completed, athletes will make their way up to the stands, grab their bags, put their masks on, and walk back down the set of stairs to enter the appropriate change room.
  • Athletes will have 15 mins max to shower and change and exit the facility through the exit doors from the main entrance.